Tools, ma­te­ri­als and con­nec­tions

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12 and 240-volt elec­tric sol­der­ing irons and guns are the most pop­u­lar tools for sol­der­ing wires to­gether. Prices range from around £8 up­wards.

For greater mo­bil­ity, a bu­tane-pow­ered sol­der­ing iron doesn’t re­quire elec­tric­ity. Prices are sim­i­lar to elec­tric-pow­ered sol­der­ing irons.

Wire strip­pers and cutters cost from around £5. If you have lots of wiring to strip and cut, in­vest in a rep­utable brand.

Bare con­nec­tions, es­pe­cially live con­nec­tions, must be pro­tected. Heat shrink re­quires a heat gun, whereas tape just needs cut­ting.

Sol­der­ing wires to­gether with­out any ter­mi­nals is ideal for con­nec­tions that won’t need to be sep­a­rated in the fu­ture.

If a wiring con­nec­tion needs to be sep­a­rated, there are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent types of con­nec­tors or ter­mi­nals, which can of­ten be bought in bulk.

Spades and pig­gy­back con­nec­tors are some of the most pop­u­lar con­nec­tors. They’re easy to sep­a­rate and pro­vide a re­li­able con­nec­tion.

Rings and forks are more suit­able for join­ing mul­ti­ple con­nec­tions to­gether, es­pe­cially earth wires.

Sin­gle and multi-plugs are one of the most pro­fes­sional-look­ing meth­ods of con­nect­ing wires, but of­ten more time-con­sum­ing to as­sem­ble.

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